Feb 10, 2014 10:03AM ycats70 wrote:
Jenwith4kids, Oh gosh I don't think you are being nosey - I think the reason we are all here is to try to understand this stuff better - it's almost like getting free second opinions! I have been asking tons of questions to people - hope I haven't offended anyone along the way! I had high Ki67 and P53 scores which put me into "Luminal B" cancer (which is more aggressive that Luminal A). For that reason we opted for chemo regardless of oncotype. My cancer was found on a routine mammo - my OBGYN sent me directly to the surgeon, who then referred me to MO after surgery - I never even met my MO until after my lumpectomy. Weird now that I look back, but I didn't realize that wasn't "normal" and I was in shock so just plunged ahead. Still not sure why MX was never discussed with me? I guess just because they figured they caught it early? My understanding is that MX would not have changed my need for chemo, which makes me feel better. The concern with the Ki67 and P53 is mets - trying to kill rogue cells that may have started migrating in my bloodstream so they want chemo to chase them down and kill them before they have a chance to land and start proliferating. That scares me a lot more than the cancer coming back in my breast again. Waiting for path is torture - I feel for you!
You may already know this, but if not here's a helpful little summary on the 4 types of breast cancers: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/SubtypesofBreastCancer.html